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Prof Honored by Shriners for Hospital Fundraising Richard Schak, chair of NLU's Criminal Justice program, receives award

Among many National Louis Faculty who volunteer their time for worthy causes is Richard Schak, chair of the Criminal Justice program. By volunteering with the Medinah Shriners, Schak helps raise money to fund the Shriners Hospitals, which care for children in the areas of orthopedics, cleft lip and cleft palate, burns and spinal cord injuries. Schak’s activities primarily support the Chicago hospital.

This month, Schak was named the outstanding Shriner of the Year for 2018, as well as the  Chief of the Medinah Police Unit. This unit provides security and assistance for the organization’s fundraisers and activities throughout the year. In addition, Schak was appointed to the Chicago Shriners Hospital advisory board. Continue reading »

Influential ‘A Better Chicago’ Features Student Devine Drakes The nonprofit identifies true change-makers in providing access to education

Devine Drakes at National Louis University.

A Better Chicago profiled National Louis University student Devine Drakes, who is studying to become a bilingual psychologist.

Devine Drakes is not only an enthusiastic junior and student ambassador in National Louis University’s undergraduate program, she’s also part of #ABetterChicago, both literally and figuratively. Continue reading »

Alum Receives Fulbright Award To Teach English in Algeria Kennan Daoudi, M.A.T. 2015, will be helping to build cultural connections

Kennan Daoudi

Kennan Daoudi ’15, who received his Master of Arts in Teaching from National Louis University, received a Fulbright award to teach English in Algeria.

Congratulations to National Louis University alum Kennan Daoudi, M.A.T. ’15, whose love of teaching, foreign languages and international cultures is taking him far.

Daoudi, 27, received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Award through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  He will be working with local teachers in Algiers, Algeria at its polytechnic school helping Algerian university students improve their English. His mission also includes strengthening cultural connections between the U.S. and Algerian people.   Continue reading »

Find Out Who Won NLU Teaching, Staff Excellence Awards NLU presented four teaching awards, two staff awards

Congratulate the winners of National Louis University’s annual Excellence awards for faculty and staff. The University announced them Sept. 7.

Excellence in Teaching Award

National Louis University Professor Kristin Lems, Ph.D., second from left, holds her Excellence in Teaching award. Also pictured are Leslie Katch, Ph.D., assistant professor, at left, NLU President Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., and Assistant Provost Michael Carr, Ph.D.

Kristin Lems, Ph.D., professor of ESL/Bilingual Education in NLU’s National College of Education, won the Excellence in Teaching Award. Continue reading »

NLU Alum Earns NAACP Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award Darrell Williams '16 selected by Office of the Secretary of Defense for recognition of his contribution to equal opportunity

(This story was submitted by Darrell Williams and written by Marcus Johnson, public affairs specialist at Defense Information Systems Agency)

NAACP Board Members with NLU alum

NAACP Board Members pose with NLU alum Darrell Williams as he earns NAACP Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award

Darrell Williams, chief of military personnel in the DISA Operations Center, received the Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award during the 109th National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) National Convention in San Antonio July 17.

The award recognizes individuals who distinguish themselves by promoting the tenets of civil and human rights, equal opportunity, human relations and public service.

Williams earned the prestigious award for promoting civil rights, and was honored alongside fellow recipients from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard Bureau.

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Rising Junior Steals The Show At Gala Awards Dinner NLU gave awards to three alumni at annual Reach awards

It’s not every day that undergraduates of modest means dress up in suits and fancy dresses and attend a gala awards dinner with National Louis University donors, award recipients, alumni and guests. It’s also not every day that one of those undergraduates blows away a room of 250 people by telling her story from the heart.

NLU held its annual Reach awards, which honor distinguished alumni for their accomplishments, at the Chicago Sofitel in June, and Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., welcomed the attendees. Continue reading »

NLU Business, Healthcare Earn Commendations, Reaccreditation While Higher Learning Commission accredits entire university, IACBE accreditation lauds business program quality

The business and healthcare programs at National Louis University just achieved the equivalent of being listed in the Fortune 500, the ultimate measure of success.

The International Accreditation Council for Business Education evaluated NLU’s business and healthcare programs in a two-year-long accreditation reaffirmation process, and they passed with flying colors. Not only did IACBE renew the accreditation of NLU’s undergraduate and graduate programs, it also extended accreditation to a newly redesigned program and offered NLU two commendations– an enviable feat. Continue reading »

Illinois Academic Librarian of Year Award Goes to NLU’s Morrison Rob Morrison, Ph.D., was honored for his innovations, scholarship, service

Congratulations are in order to Rob Morrison, Ph.D., Dean of Library and Learning Support at National Louis University.  The Illinois Library Association has given him its Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year award.

“Rob and our library faculty and staff are pretty modest, but they are very innovative and engaged in professional arenas within and well beyond NLU,” said Alison Hilsabeck, Ph.D., Provost.   “This is one indicator that others are appreciative of the leadership they demonstrate under Rob’s leadership.” Continue reading »

National Louis Wins 2018 Eduventures Innovation Award NLU shows 'true thought leadership,' Eduventures leader said

A jury of higher education leaders and advisors selected National Louis University as a winner of the 2018 Eduventures Innovation Award. NLU’s Aarti Dhupelia, vice president for strategic initiatives, and Stephanie Poczos, associate dean of general education and Pathways, accepted the award in Boston at the Eduventures Summit June 14. Eduventures is a research and advisory firm focused on higher education. Continue reading »

Prof Yates Wins Lifetime Achievement Award from School Counselors Illinois School Counselors Association honored Anna Marie Yates, Ph.D.

Anna Marie Yates, Ph.D.

National Louis University’s Anna Marie Yates, Ph.D, won the Illinois School Counseling Association’s LIfetime Achievement Award on April 20, 2018.

When she sat down to a luncheon Friday at the Illinois School Counselors Association conference, Anna Marie Yates, Ph.D., was expecting a quiet meal with fellow National Louis University professors.

Instead, she got a a huge surprise. Continue reading »